Canada accepts 400 typhoon victims
The Canadian Press, December 1, 2009
Ottawa (CP) — The federal government says more than 400 Filipino victims of Typhoon Ketsana have come to Canada under fast-track immigration procedures.
The September storm lashed the northern Philippines with the worst floods in decades and killed more than 250 people.
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney says application processes were speeded up to help reunite storm victims with family members who were already Canadian citizens or landed immigrants.
He says a majority of the applicants were parents or grandparents from hard-hit areas who sought refuge with family in Canada.
The special rules applied from Oct. 1 to Nov. 29 and standard immigration rules are now back in effect.